John Pillar Captures Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Title; Earns Berth in 32nd Senior PGA Professional Championship
West Chester, Pa. (August 18, 2020) — John Pillar, PGA, of the C.C. at Woodloch Springs in Hawley, Pa., winner of the 2020 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship at Concord C.C. will lead seven Section PGA Professionals to compete Oct. 15-18, in the 32nd Senior PGA Professional Championship. Pillar successfully defended his 2019 title.
The national Championship, supported by Golf Channel and John Deere, will be held at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Pillar turned in a winning total of 6-under-par 134 to capture the Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship. Pillar also won the 2009 Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship at Concord C.C. Dave McNabb, PGA, of Applebrook G.C. in Malvern, Pa., finished in second place after a sudden-death playoff on No. 18. They are joined by Greg Farrow of Deerwood C.C. in Westampton, N.J., Dave Quinn of Laurel Creek C.C. in Mount Laurel, N.J., John Allen of Huntingdon Valley (Pa.) C.C., George Forster of Radnor Valley C.C. in Villanova, Pa., and Brian Kelly of Bucknell G.C. in Lewisburg, Pa.
Alternates include, in order: Mike Moses, Concord C.C.; Terry Hertzog, Merion G.C.; Terry Hatch, Royal Oaks G.C.; Hugo Mazzalupi, Patriots Glen National G.C.; and John Cooper, Green Valley C.C.
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The Senior PGA Professional Championship brings together a field of 264 contestants representing the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections and features a total purse of $300,000. The first two rounds will be conducted on the Ryder and Wanamaker Courses. The first cut will be made after 36 holes of play to the low 90 scorers and ties. The second cut will be made after 54 holes of play to the low 70 scorers and ties. The final two rounds will be played on the Wanamaker Course.
PGA Golf Club — the PGA of America’s premier 54-hole facility — hosts multiple PGA Member championships annually, such as the PGA Works Collegiate Championship, PGA Jones Cup, National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship, Senior PGA Professional Championship (biennially, in even years) and the PGA’s Tournament Series and Winter Championships.
PGA Golf Club is home to three highly-decorated courses designed by renowned architects Tom Fazio and Pete Dye.
The Wanamaker Course ranked 18th in Golfweek’s “2018 Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play” rankings, while the Dye Course rose to 22nd – making PGA Golf Club one of only a handful of properties with two layouts on the respected list.
The Ryder Course reopened in 2017 to rave reviews, following a renovation project that enhanced the greens and surrounding areas.
Begun in 1989, the Senior PGA Professional Championship is modeled after the PGA Professional Championship, with a field of 50-and-older senior PGA Professionals who advanced through 41 Section Championships conducted from June through August this year.
The top 35 finishers in the national Championship earn a berth in the 82nd KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, which will be conducted in May 27-30, 2021, at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The top five finishers earn an exemption into the final stage of the 2021 PGA Tour Champions National Finals in November 2021. Since its debut, many participants in the Senior PGA Professional Championship have used their success in the event as a springboard to a PGA Tour Champions career.
The 2020 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship is supported by supported by Golf Channel, John Deere, Jani-King, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank Concord C.C., its membership, management, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not be possible without their support.
About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.
Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section, firstname.lastname@example.org